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You can argue with them, but if they file suit for the bounced check, they can add significant penalties and attorneys fees. You have no guarantee that the judge will accept your explanation of the conditions, or their heirs, so you would be taking a big chance by continuing to refuse to pay the check. Safest course of action is to pay the check, and then make a claim to an offset for future rent unless the landlord makes the necessary repairs. They have to give you a certain amount of time to make the check good, and they usually do that by certified mail, so you don't have to worry about having to pay the checkthat quickly. I hope that this information is helpful and that you will enter a positive rating for my assistance here.